Staffers personally select the titles that line the shelves of a Real Bookstore's 20,000-square-foot facility. Each tome is carefully culled from a stock of new arrivals, featured debuts, and signed copies from guest writers. Author visits commence in the cozy event area, where the wordsmiths entertain attendees with presentations, question-and-answer sessions, and book signings where they increase their work's value without dipping the pages in gold. At Fierce Words & Stiff Drinks events, authors interact less formally with readers over wine, artisan beers, and cocktails inspired by their books.
Youngsters enjoy their own events in the 2,000-square-foot children's section. Tuesday- and Wednesday-morning story times enthrall preschoolers with tales, crafts, and snacks, and Friday-night PajamaRama story hours invite kids for a bedtime version of the same. The store’s Collage Bakery and Bar further caters to families with menu items made in-house, and adults can enjoy glasses of beer or wine at seating areas inside or outside the store.
Unlike many sweets, the frosty confections at Velvet Spoon Frozen Yogurt are low in fat, kosher certified, and rich in probiotics. Visitors help themselves at self-serve dispensers, which rotate flavors daily, ranging from nonfat blueberry tart to low-fat red-velvet cake. More than 40 diverse toppings, such as fruit, cereal, and candy, wait to be sprinkled upon the delectable creations. The frozen-yogurt shop reflects the whimsical nature of these treats in its atmosphere, with pink, green, and purple hues covering the walls and a crown of little plastic spoons resting on the head of each employee.
One might assume that 40 acres of meadowland in Parker, Texas, carries a certain tranquility and peacefulness. That is, unless, that chunk of land has been transformed into a gigantic battleground for paintball wars. Fort Paintball has done just that, divvying up its real estate into nine fields, highlighted by 5- and 10-man Lego fields and a Big Game field. On the expansive fields, competitors duck behind oil barrels and massive spools, dodging shots and acorns launched by squirrels who want to get in on the action. Players can either strap on their own gear or utilize rental packages that include guns, rounds, and masks.
Four times a month, the fashionistas at Shop Jane replenish store racks with a flood of floral-print tops, dresses, and jeans. When seeking out the latest trends, they favor youthful, playful styles: skinny-jean pockets sport rhinestone embellishments, for instance, and tops come with flirty flourishes such as cut-out backs and crochet trim. Additionally, shoppers can accessorize ensembles with playful charms, sparkly belts, and fedoras stuffed with well-dressed rabbits.
Gymboree offers a bevy of baby-engaging classes in Dallas, Plano, or Allen in which parents and wee ones work together to build tots' creativity and encourage development through play. Weekly classes are available for every age from the freshly born sapling to the 5-years-young wise wanderer. This deal includes rhythm-building music classes, imagination-expanding art classes, and Gymboree's most popular class, Play & Learn. The month-long membership allows you to take one class per week, with make-ups available during enrollment if you miss a class.
Recently featured in D Magazine, Havana Jim lights up the spirits of sophisticated smokers by offering an expansive selection of cigars and a comfortably upscale setting that's good for hosting puffs. The shop features a range of brands and prices; the Berger & Argenti Mooch maduro ($5) offers tasty inhales on a budget, as does the Alec Bradley Family Blend ($7), created for the fathers of the company's three principal executives out of richly flavored tobacco and power-tool extract. Higher-end light-ups such as the Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary ($11) and the Padron 1964 Imperial ($20) offer complex sensations intended to keep taste buds guessing as if tackling an Agatha Christie–penned calculus test.